• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Carlsbad Cave National Monument -- Executive Order

Executive Order No. 3984

It is hereby ordered, under authority of the Act of Congress approved June 25, 1910 (36 Stat., 847), as amended by the act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat., 497), that the public lands in the following described area in the State of New Mexico be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn subject to the conditions of said acts, for classification and pending determination as to the advisability of reserving the same for national park or monument purposes:

New Mexico Principal Meridian

In T. 25 S., R. 22 E., Secs. 24, 25, 35 and 36;
In T. 26 S., R. 22 E., Secs. 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 19 to 36, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 23 E., Secs. 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35 and 36;
All T. 25 S., R. 23 E.;
In T. 26 S., R. 23 E., Secs. 4 to 9, inclusive, 16 to 26, inclusive, and 28 to 33, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 24 E., Secs. 25 to 35, inclusive;
In T. 25 S., R. 24 E., Secs. 1, to 18, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 29, 30, NE¼, E½, NW¼ and S½ Sec. 31, all Sec. 32;
In T. 25 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 5, 6, 7, 8, 17 and 18.

Provided, That this withdrawal shall not prevent or preclude the use of these lands, or any of them, for grazing or other analogous purposes temporary in character and not inconsistent with the purpose of this order.


April 2, 1924

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.